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    Quote Originally Posted by Amara View Post
    All the money in the world can not make you fall in love or make someone fall in love with you. It can't buy you good health. It does not stop people from cheating on you. It can't bring people back from the dead. It also can't make a woman fertile when it doesn't come naturally to her and medical science does not work. Just a few reasons why money does not equal happiness.
    Money buys you clothes. Money buys you food. Money buys you a roof over your head.

    I think people severely underestimate the value of money, and I find this really strange. Yeah, money doesn't equal happiness, but it sure is closely related.

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    The things that make me the most happy don't cost any money

    We are all rich in Australia, we have healthcare, welfare if we need it and a pretty good standard of living. Most people don't realise just how good we have it.

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    Having money doesn't make you happy. But not having money can make you unhappy.

    Worry about money, to the point that you don't know how you will be able to eat/provide shelter/medical care for yourself and your family is a misery.

    Having enough money to take these fears away doesn't by definition make you happy, it just makes you unmiserable. What you then decide to do with your good fortune is up to you and those decisions will largely determine your level of happiness and satisfaction.

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    There are lots of poor happy people in the world. I learnt this when travelling through areas where no welfare system existed. I even visited Tibetan refuges and they seemed so happy even though they had nothing that the average Aussie would have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amara View Post
    There are lots of poor happy people in the world. I learnt this when travelling through areas where no welfare system existed. I even visited Tibetan refuges and they seemed so happy even they had nothing that the average Aussie would have.
    True. But they have what is termed 'social capital'. When you don't have that, yeah, money does help to get you out of completely misery. It is a state of mind.....but money is really important too.

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    I think it refers more to sudden wealth, such as lottery wins or large inheritances. Lots of people think more money would instantly make them happy, but have you really thought what this brings with it?

    Say you won the lottery. Not a record breaker, but a fantastic amount none-the-less. Everyone's dream amount is different, so insert yours here. First thoughts (after the screaming has died down and your breath has returned): I can set myself up for life. I never need to work again. I can buy everything I ever wanted. I can send my kids to the best schools. I can buy my dream home / go on overseas holidays / insert desire here. You're really going to do all that? Good for you. Next question: how? Sure, you can absolutely achieve all of the above. But how? Do you just stick it in the bank? Invest? In what? Property or shares? Domestic or overseas? Tax implications? Risk versus return? Most people have no concept of that sort of money or how to manage it. I certainly don't.

    And what do you do when the "beggars" come calling? Charities, relatives, friends, strangers. Everyone wants a piece of the pie; after all, you're "rich" now. What if you do decide to share? With who? How much? And don't forget the kooks. A friend worked with a guy years ago who won big-time. They were never on the news but people found out anyway. They had to pull their primary-school aged son out of school due to kidnap threats. Bet that made them really happy.

    Finally, think about what makes you happy now. Is it that your kids are healthy? Can't buy that. Good relationship? Can't buy that. Fantastic friends? Can't buy that. Would anyone's deathbed statement be "I wish I'd had more money"? Doubtful.

    Money cannot buy happiness, however it can buy you a bigger house that you can fill up with more stuff and pay someone else to clean for you while you're away on a skiing holiday.

    Hrmmm, maybe....... Nah!


 

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